Icons and figures representing people have become increasingly popular in the gaming world.
|Example of how avatars can be used in weight loss|
Healthier icons or avatars lead to eating less and choosing healthier drinks
76 subjects who intended to lose weight viewed an avatar of either their present self, or a weight reduced version of themselves. A taste test was administered after this, as well as a temporal discounting task, the results of which showed the subjects who were shown a reduced weight version, chose to eat less ice cream, and were more likely to choose a sugar free drink as a reward. This coincided with the hypothesis that the avatar with the weight reduced version would produce healthier choices, the reason for this being that they would feel better about themselves and feel a need to maintain their positive body image.
Test Conducted via a virtual reality simulation, also assessed relationships between frequency of meals, BMI,and ideal weight they would like to reach.The subjects viewed themselves in a mirror via virtual reality simulation, and the relationships between many weight variables were assessed. The tests results showed that the subjects who saw the reduced weight versions were more willing than the others to wait for larger future gains.The relationship between amount of ice cream eaten was also correlative, as the higher BMI subjects ate more ice cream even if they viewed the reduced weight self.
Study conducted by Temple University supported thought that viewing an avatar of yourself could help in losing weight.
|Data from study showing 88% of subjects thought viewing an avatar would help lose weight.|